This week, the Arizona Senate passed the nation's most draconian
immigration law - which criminalizes the undocumented and those
accused of assisting them - that many critics say will drive racial
profiling and further undermine Arizona's devastated economy. The bill
now awaits now awaits Governor Jan Brewer's veto or approval.
Recent reports have raised serious concerns about program failures,
secret deportation quotas and the high costs of the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS)'s controversial 287(g) program, which trains and
authorizes state and local police departments to enforce federal
number of proposed bills condemn vigilante or hate activity targeting
adopted by both chambers in 2007, urges local, state, and federal
government officials, when crafting immigration policy that affects the
United States-Mexico border, to take steps to recognize and protect the
human rights of immigrants, and publicly denounce xenophobia and
anti-immigrant bias as having no place in immigration policy.
Arizona HCR 2011 is a
proposed resolution against civilian patrol groups in Arizona. The
resolution opposes individualized groups that are not formally affiliated
with any federal or state law enforcement agency and whose members take it
upon themselves to invade Arizona.
The anti-immigrant "movement" has been flailing recently. With donor fraud and embezzlement
fueling the splintering of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, and
dysfunction and check-bouncing at their previous partner organization,
the Minutemen Project, anti-immigrant organizations are seeing dissent
and confusion rule their ranks.